Accession Number : ADA299269

Title :   Nonlethality and Peace Operations.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Pope, Stephen R.

PDF Url : ADA299269

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 117

Abstract : This study investigates how and to what degree Nonlethality could enhance peace operations. A nonlethal weapon is an instrument used in combat which is designed to achieve the same tactical or strategic ends as lethal weapons, but which are not intended to kill personnel or cause unacceptable collateral damage. The study focuses on the grey area between peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations where the use of lethal force becomes a critical issue. Missions, such as UNPROFOR in Bosnia and Croatia and UN and US operations in Somalia, are used to highlight the issue. The study develops seven representative peace operations activities that could employ lethal force and three categories of nonlethal weapons. Case studies are then used to show how Nonlethality can be effective. The thesis concludes that Nonlethality can provide some significant benefits to peace operations, especially for peacekeeping missions that approach peace-enforcement. The work recommends further study of nonlethal technologies, applications, and connections with police operations and joint applications.

Descriptors :   *NONLETHAL AGENTS, WEAPONS, PEACETIME, KILL PROBABILITIES, THESES, CASE STUDIES, LETHALITY, PERSONNEL, SOMALIA, BENEFITS, POLICE.

Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE